I'm rereading the threekingdoms.com version of RTK (haven't read it for years, so forgot a lot of the events), and I've just finished Chi Bi, which was an AMAZING "arc".
Zhuge Liang's appearance definitely contributed a great deal to the Chi Bi portion, especially the part where he debates with most of Wu's advisers. However, at the same time, Zhuge Liang's 'godliness' is also ruining the story for me.
OK, I know WHY he is portrayed that way. I KNOW he wasn't like that in history, and the novel is pro-Shu, which I don't particularly have a problem with (It's my favourite book ever. Also, I love the author's portrayal of Zhang Fei).
You know how Sima Yi is portrayed in Dynasty Warriors? That sort of evil, snide henchman kind of persona? After reading the chapters that lead up to Zhou Yu's death, that's exactly how ZL seems (Even though LG's Zhou Yu is faaar from innocent). He seems to like to patronise people at every opportunity (That's why Jia Xu, Lu Su and Xun Yu are my favourite geniuses of the era, because they're two of the most humble people in the novel, if not the most humble).
These two paragraphs which take place during Zhou Yu's funeral, just take the cake, however:
"You exasperated literally to death the man whose body lies up there. To come here as a mourner is an open insult to the South Land. It is as good as to say they have no other left."
"Zhuge Liang turned to look, and he saw it was no other than Pang Tong, or the Young Phoenix. Then Zhuge Liang laughed in his turn
, and they two hand in hand went down into the ship, where they talked heart to heart for a long time."
Wow! I mean, wow! All this Combined with the fact that Zhuge Liang is the smartest guy in the novel, and that he seems to be able to predict anything, Zhuge Liang is somehow making the other generals less interesting, and in turn 'spoiling' the novel for me, personally. It's like...like using a Gameshark or Action Replay to get through the novel.
I tend to dislike smug people with everything going for them, and Zhuge Liang seems to be exactly that. I don't know, people will say that the novel is full of egoistic, ruthless people, but they usually don't last long (Like Cai Mao, for example) or have something to make up for it (I like that even though Cao Cao had a huge ego and was power hungry, he was STILL open to "constructive" criticism A LOT of the time)
What I want to know is: did anyone actually like the novel's Zhuge Liang? Because of the novel's Pro-Shuness, it's easy to like any of Shu's 'main' generals, but with Zhuge Liang, I can't see anything likeable about him.
I'm hoping people can give me more of a perspective on this, and please don't start your reply with "You are too simple."